Oliver 30th Anniversary Edition

Directed By: Carol Reed Starring: Ron Moody Shani Wallis Oliver Reed

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This is a two-sided disk. Unless you have a player that will read both sides, you have to go to the disk and turn it over for the second half. If your DVD plays one disk at a time, this may be a minor drawback. If it is a multiple-disk player, it is a major drawback. The rating of 1 reflects the fact that I find the two-sided recording completely unsatisfactory. Had I known in advance, I would not have ordered it.

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by mae2sept@bigfoot.com on 3/5/2002

This is a two-sided disk. Unless you have a player that will read both sides, you have to go to the disk and turn it over for the second half. If your DVD plays one disk at a time, this may be a minor drawback. If it is a multiple-disk player, it is a major drawback. The rating of 1 reflects the fact that I find the two-sided recording completely unsatisfactory. Had I known in advance, I would not have ordered it. Read More

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Product Overview

This musical adaptation of dickens' classic tale follows the adventures of oliver twist, a young orphan who takes to the streets of 19th-century london in order to seek his fortune.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 40099423
UPC 043396021372
UPC 14 00043396021372
Format DVD
Release Date 10/19/2010
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 845
Keywords
Adventure
Children
Essential Cinema
Family (General)
Social Issues
Theatrical Release
Thieves
Editors Note
Note A rousing film version of Lionel Bart's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic novel, OLIVER! stars Ron Moody as Fagin and Mark Lester as the eponymous hero. The orphaned Oliver escapes to London from a dreary workhouse and is taken in by a gang of young pickpockets who work for master thief Fagin while learning their trade. When he's falsely accused of stealing from the gang by the fearsome Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed), Oliver begins to realize that he has more friends than he had thought.
Plot Summary
Summary Carol Reed (THE THIRD MAN, ODD MAN OUT) softens the edges of his social commentary as he heads into the slums of 19th-century London in this vigorous adaptation of Lionel Bart's musical version of the Dickens classic. Mark Lester stars as Oliver, a nine-year-old orphan who's sold to an undertaker by workhouse officials for objecting to his scant rations; he soon manages to escape from bondage and make his way to London. There he's befriended by the precocious Artful Dodger (Jack Wild), a pickpocket who belongs to a gang of youthful thieves run by Fagin (Ron Moody), a veteran cutpurse. This criminal mentor admits Oliver to his academy of larceny, introducing him also to the brutish Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) and Sikes's kind-hearted wife, Nancy (Shani Wallis). As time passes, Nancy becomes almost a mother to Oliver, and when the resentful Sikes falsely accuses the boy of stealing from the gang, it's time for the orphan to speak up and find out who his friends are. A romanticized and more lighthearted retelling of Dickens's brooding social melodrama, buoyed by a score studded with standards such as "Who Will Buy?" and "Where Is Love?" and energized by Broadway-style choreography, OLIVER! is a model of what a film musical should be.
Reviews
Total Film "...[Reed has] one of the juiciest roles of his career as the murderous Bill Sykes..." 03/01/2001 p.104
Directors
Carol Reed
Actors
Ron Moody
Shani Wallis
Oliver Reed
Cast & Crew
Edwin Finn - Star
Fred Emney - Star
Peggy Mount - Star
Megs Jenkins - Star
Ron Moody - Star
James Hayter - Star
Hylda Baker - Star
Leonard Rossiter - Star
Jack Wild - Star
Shani Wallis - Star
Hugh Griffith - Star
Mark Lester - Star
Sheila White - Star
Oliver Reed - Star
Elizabeth Knight - Star
Wensley Pithey - Star
Kenneth Cranham - Star
Hugh O'Conor - Star
Harry Secombe - Star
Onna White - Choreographer
Bob Jones - Sound Recordist
Lionel Bart - Composer
John Woolf - Producer
Charles Dickens - Story
Lionel Bart - Story
John Box - Production Designer
Ralph Kemplen - Editor
Oswald Morris - Director of Photography
Allan Bryce - Special Effects
Phyllis Dalton - Costume Designer
Vernon Harris - Screenwriter
Carol Reed - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1968
Catalog ID 02137
UPC 00043396021372
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 153 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Name Johnny Green
Award Category Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1968
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Carol Reed
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1968
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Terence Marsh
Award Category Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1968
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Spanish, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Lester,Mark
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
The Motion Picture Guide 5 Stars

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